Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Frost, Mark

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(1953-    ) US screenwriter, director and novelist. He was writer and associate producer of the movie The Believers (1987), based on Nicholas Conde's novel The Religion (1982; vt The Believers 1988) about a weird Catholic ritual taking over New York's occult underworld. Thereafter MF co-created Twin Peaks with David Lynch, writing or co-writing several episodes, one of which he directed; he also co-produced with Lynch Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). MF wrote and directed the movie Storyville (1992). His novel, The List of 7 (1993), is a helter-skelter Recursive Fantasy involving the young Arthur Conan Doyle – as well as other historical characters including H P Blavatsky and Bram Stoker – in a Gaslight-Romance adventure trying to prevent an entity much like the Great Beast from incarnating in a mortal child; more fantasy motifs than can sensibly be listed are blended into the stew – including the Technofantasy creation of Zombies. The driving premise is that the young Doyle has completed and is trying to sell a novel (see Books) called The Dark Brotherhood, based on the writings of Blavatsky, and that his tale turns out to come too close to describing a Secret-Masters confederation called, indeed, The Dark Brotherhood. In MF's second novel, The 6 Messiahs (1995), the conflict continues in the US West. Doyle is helped throughout by the man on whom he will base Sherlock Holmes. [JC/JG]

Mark Frost


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.